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Braulio Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-11-09 06:45 PM
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48. It's good to distrust government
No reason to hate them, but they can't be trusted. Regulatory functions are needed, but should be rational and efficient. The key is to keep centralized government as weak as possible while allowing it to retain some regulatory functions. Why? Because it is human nature to abuse whatever power it grabs, thus a powerful central government becomes a serious threat to human freedom. The USA had a very close call with the Bush regime, so I hope you realize why this is important.

Many functions performed by the federal government in the USA are over-designed. For example, there's no good reason to have the government flying space shuttles to the space station. Other uses of government funds, such as giving economic aid to Israel, and the endless pork, are a huge waste of resources.

On the other hand, the privatization of the armed forces should be stopped and reversed. The trend towards mercenary forces run by the likes of Blackwater and Halliburton is very troubling.

I don't have objections to a fairness doctrine, provided it is truly fair, and doesn't give undue power to entrenched government bureucrats. For example, I would like one where I can go to the USA and promote legalized drugs and prostitution, and evolution, attack Israeli interests, and explain to the American people why Presidents Clinton and Bush are war criminals.
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  -The trend to the left (communism) is destroying the Latin Americas and Caribbean. Billy Burnett  Oct-07-09 01:33 PM   #0 
  - You know, why go to outside sources for right-wing spin? It seems to come to us,  Judi Lynn   Oct-07-09 04:50 PM   #1 
  - It always helps to know the other player's cards.  Downwinder   Oct-07-09 05:09 PM   #2 
  - But, it's what's up their sleeves that the usual sources don't cover.  Billy Burnett   Oct-07-09 05:20 PM   #3 
  - I think that you are very strange liberals  ChangoLoa   Oct-07-09 05:59 PM   #4 
  - Ironical much?  Billy Burnett   Oct-07-09 06:06 PM   #5 
  - Thanks for giving a demonstration of what I was describing  ChangoLoa   Oct-07-09 06:20 PM   #6 
     - You're welcome.  Billy Burnett   Oct-07-09 06:34 PM   #9 
        - The US policy against Cuba is a shame  ChangoLoa   Oct-07-09 08:02 PM   #13 
  - Human Rights Foundation is a right wing front group.  EFerrari   Oct-07-09 08:40 PM   #14 
  - Didn't Valladares resign after the HRF call on the OAS  spanza   Oct-08-09 11:17 AM   #20 
  - Go search Thor Halvorssen: at AEI, Heritage,  EFerrari   Oct-08-09 11:59 AM   #21 
  - Just a matter of time before they run out of steam, discredited.  Judi Lynn   Oct-10-09 08:12 PM   #42 
  - Well you must like hanging out with us  roody   Oct-09-09 12:30 AM   #26 
  - Why would you feel concerned about what I said?  ChangoLoa   Oct-09-09 12:59 PM   #32 
     - "Us" is you 'very strange liberals.'  roody   Oct-10-09 12:06 AM   #35 
  - The so-called "Human Rights Foundation" is controlled by the right-wing libertarian propagandist,  struggle4progress   Oct-10-09 07:59 PM   #41 
     - Astounding. Disgusting. Predictable, too! They can't afford to tell the truth. n/t  Judi Lynn   Oct-10-09 08:15 PM   #43 
     - Hilarious. Karmic returns: he's been mistaken for his father  EFerrari   Oct-11-09 12:35 AM   #44 
        - Did you ever read his dad's Wiki? Hilarious! Odd. Guy's a wealthy a-hole, and loser.  Judi Lynn   Oct-11-09 03:09 AM   #45 
  - Someone needs to open a new message board somewhere else: "Welcome, oligarchs."  Judi Lynn   Oct-07-09 06:26 PM   #7 
  - Oligarch???!  ChangoLoa   Oct-07-09 06:56 PM   #11 
  - Trend to the Left? It's all cyclic  Braulio   Oct-07-09 06:29 PM   #8 
     - In general, your posts are lousy.  Billy Burnett   Oct-07-09 06:38 PM   #10 
     - Pay me  Braulio   Oct-07-09 09:02 PM   #15 
     - Yeah, I'd say it's a TREND when leftists get elected in Venezuela, Brazil, Chile,  Peace Patriot   Oct-07-09 07:44 PM   #12 
        - of course it's a cyclic trend  Braulio   Oct-07-09 09:15 PM   #16 
        - Leftists were just elected in El Salvador, Guatemala & Paraguay--which was almost unthinkable  Peace Patriot   Oct-08-09 01:11 PM   #23 
           - Over what?  Braulio   Oct-08-09 05:16 PM   #24 
              - " work to weaken central government as much as possible." Tell that to the millions of  Peace Patriot   Oct-08-09 08:53 PM   #25 
                 - They don't need a strong central government  Braulio   Oct-09-09 06:21 AM   #27 
                 - You can lead a horse to water ...  Billy Burnett   Oct-09-09 08:52 AM   #28 
                    - Free Market is the Winner  Braulio   Oct-10-09 08:31 AM   #36 
                       - This might interest you.  Billy Burnett   Oct-10-09 12:38 PM   #37 
                       - Measuring Well Being  Braulio   Oct-10-09 01:21 PM   #38 
                          - You actually read the article?  Billy Burnett   Oct-10-09 01:31 PM   #39 
                             - Billy, I did read the article  Braulio   Oct-11-09 10:22 AM   #47 
                                - LOL  EFerrari   Oct-11-09 06:50 PM   #49 
                       - Typical Libertarian black-and-white thinking  Lydia Leftcoast   Oct-12-09 12:20 PM   #50 
                 - Anyone who's read our own history is only too keenly aware of your points. My god.  Judi Lynn   Oct-09-09 08:55 AM   #29 
                    - Which country, Judi?  Billy Burnett   Oct-09-09 09:50 AM   #30 
                       - We only slightly dodged the bullet with Bush, but we in someways survived.  Judi Lynn   Oct-09-09 09:57 AM   #31 
                       - Big progressive movements always start small, with a few courageous people.  Peace Patriot   Oct-09-09 07:32 PM   #34 
                       - Thank for such a positive and well considered post.  Billy Burnett   Oct-10-09 01:56 PM   #40 
                          - Yup, fight the darkness!  Peace Patriot   Oct-11-09 09:56 AM   #46 
                       - It's good to distrust government  Braulio   Oct-11-09 06:45 PM   #48 
        - Will the US have enough ammo to stop the trend?  Billy Burnett   Oct-07-09 11:19 PM   #17 
           - I think the powers that be are watching Honduras very closely.  Downwinder   Oct-08-09 06:49 AM   #18 
           - Do you mean  spanza   Oct-08-09 09:28 AM   #19 
           - With a "liberal" sprinkling of USAID/NED money. n/t  EFerrari   Oct-08-09 12:11 PM   #22 
              - As we all have seen before, "USAID is doing things now openly the CIA used to do covertly." n/t  Judi Lynn   Oct-09-09 05:09 PM   #33 

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